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Archive for August 5th, 2010

Independent 7427/Punk

Posted by John on 5th August 2010


My impression is that we haven’t seen Punk for a while and if so he makes a welcome return. Some of these clues are memorable, if one could remember them, and my only criticism is the grid, which makes for some words with less than 50% checking (this was also a fault of the Radian crossword the other day — I forgot to mention it when I posted). I hope the Indy isn’t going back to the bad old grids. He even has some answers with the dreaded 2 out of 5 checked letters (although to be fair they are parts of longer answers, which makes the fraction a bit better, although still not adequate). Oh yes, a Nina. Bit of an afterthought. Does Punk do Ninas? Can’t see one, but if there is one that excuses the grid a bit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guardian 25,081 / Brendan

Posted by Gaufrid on 5th August 2010


A themed puzzle from Brendan today with a good mix of enjoyable, though not too demanding, clues.

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Financial Times 13,456 – Sleuth

Posted by smiffy on 5th August 2010


That was then, this is now…perhaps Sleuth is feeling a tad nostalgic, what with the three separate wordplay elements (13A, 28A, 6D) harking to times past.  Two major sticking points for me;  firstly the SW corner proved very tough to break into, until I spotted the possibility of a pangrammatic grid – which helped to guide the way.  Then, finally, I ended up staring at a partially solved 6D for several minutes.

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Financial Times 13,447 – Mudd

Posted by Uncle Yap on 5th August 2010

Uncle Yap.

Monday Prize Crossword on 26 July 2010
After the weekend excitement of John Henderson’s marriage to Jane Teather, complete with themed crosswords in all the major quality papers, Mudd’s week starter in the FT seemed rather tame. Nevertheless, it is still quite entertaining.

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Financial Times 13,446 by Cinephile

Posted by Pete Maclean on 5th August 2010

Pete Maclean.

Prize puzzle from the Weekend FT of July 24
I was pleased with this typical and fine puzzle by Cinephile. I took a while over 10D and 15D, and I especially like 12A (BIGFOOT), 23A (UP TRAIN) and 18D (WALLACE). I do have a quibble about 15D.

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